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Thursday, April 17, 2014
The mission of the North Augusta Optimist Club is to be a “friend to the youth.”
Every year, the group accomplishes that goal with its annual Easter egg dash.
The dash is scheduled for Saturday, April 19, at Lions Field, located at 619 Buena Vista Ave.
The event is slated to begin at 10 a.m. and is free for everyone to attend.
A flier for the event promises the Easter egg hunt will include lots of candy, prizes and eggs left by the Easter bunny.
Last year, children were broken up into age groups to make the event more enjoyable. Groups included ages 3 and younger, 4 to 6, and 7 to 10.
John Nicholls, treasurer of the club, said the dash is often the only source of candy that kids can get during the this time of year.
“The Optimist Club has cooperated with the North Augusta Department of Parks and Recreation for many years to sponsor the Easter Egg Hunt,” Nicholls added. “It’s always been free of charge, and we suspect it may be the only candy some kids get at this time of the year. It’s surprising how quickly a few hundred kids can pick the field clean of several hundred dollars worth of candy.”
The North Augusta Optimist Club was founded in 1966.
It is a local civic organization whose goal is to support the youth of the community in the areas of sports, civic awareness and education.
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Derrek Asberry is a beat reporter with the Aiken Standard. Follow him on Twitter @DerrekAsberry.